9 Amazing Tricks to Defrost Meat Quickly & Safely – It Really Works!

According to the USDA, the safest way to thaw meat is in the refrigerator. But what if you forgot to plan ahead and need to thaw meat quickly?

If you're faced with a frozen piece of meat and need dinner ASAP, try any of these  9 easy techniques!

Flatten Ground Meat before Freezing

Flatten ground meat into thin patties before freezing to increase its surface area, allowing it to thaw faster when needed.

Use Cold Water Bath

Submerge the frozen food in a bowl of cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes to hasten thawing.

Microwave in Short Bursts

Microwave the frozen food in short bursts at a low setting, flipping it occasionally to ensure even thawing without cooking.

Submerge in running tap water

Place the sealed meat under cold, running water (a small stream will do) turning it occasionally for even thawing. This should thaw meat in under 30 minutes!

Use a Fast Defrosting Tray

Fast defrosting trays work by conducting heat away from the frozen meat at a faster rate than the surrounding air. The metal surface of the tray helps to draw heat away from the meat, speeding up the thawing process.

This rapid heat transfer allows the meat to thaw more quickly compared to leaving it out at room temperature or using other methods like defrosting in the fridge or under running water.

Use Your Microwave's Defrost Setting

Use the defrost setting on your microwave or oven, following the manufacturer's instructions for optimal thawing.

Opt for Thin Cuts

Choose thin cuts of meat or fish when shopping for freezing as they thaw more quickly than thicker cuts.

Wrap in Aluminum Foil

Wrap frozen food in aluminum foil before placing it in the refrigerator to accelerate the thawing process. Aluminum foil helps to transfer cold temperatures more effectively, allowing the food to thaw faster than if it were left unwrapped.

Plus, the foil helps to contain moisture, preventing the food from drying out during the thawing process.

Choose Cook-From-Frozen Meats

If you absolutely have no time to defrost, opt for meats like burger patties or pre-cooked meats, that can be pan-fried or baked directly from frozen! 

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